Philadelphia Eagles 2023 mock draft 2.0: Free agency frenzy edition

Philadelphia Eagles helmet, February 2023 (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Another free-agency frenzy looms, and theories about what the Philadelphia Eagles might do are expansive.

With the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine behind us, it’s time for the next step in the journey. The new league year and the official beginning of free agency start on March 15th at 4 p.m. EST. Teams began negotiations at noon on Monday. The Philadelphia Eagles are the reigning NFC Champions, but they have a lot of work to do this spring and summer if they expect to see similar success in 2023.

Both aging veterans and key contributors are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents. Tyree Jackson is an exclusive restrictive free agent.

Eagles’ general manager and vice president Howie Roseman has shown that he isn’t afraid to plan for the future, especially when it comes to the offensive and defensive line. Since 2010, Philly has spent five first-round draft picks on edge rushers and defensive tackles. That includes Brandon Graham in 2010 and Fletcher Cox in 2012. Most recently, they spent their 2022 first-round draft choice on Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis.

Some theories state the Eagles shouldn’t re-sign running back Miles Sanders. He will earn an opportunity elsewhere following a career year in 2022 if they don’t. Safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson and cornerback James Bradberry, who combined for nine interceptions in 2022, are also set to be free agents. There are stories suggesting Philly plans to attempt to keep one or the other or both if they move on from Darius Slay. His agent was informed that he was allowed to seek a trade partner.

One thing is certain. There will be movement. The Philadelphia Eagles will be busy before the draft as we navigate through the free agency cycle. While needs can change quickly, that won’t stop us from speculating. Here’s a theory on what Philly’s plans might be for those six draft choices on the last final weekend of April.